Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Newborns contribute to science w/o getting killed

For five years now, newborns have been donating umbilical cord blood (rich in stem cells) -- facilitated, of course, by a doctor, and with the permission of the babies' moms. No human lives (embryos, in particular) are killed or even harmed in any way in the process.

By the way, why are some people insisting on embryonic stem cell research again? For lack of other means to obtain stem cells, is it?


Foundation continues pursuit of ethical stem cell use
Priscilla Greear, Staff writer

Published: May 18, 2006

TUCKER—Call it God’s natural gift to scientists of regenerative medicine. And in that context, the Babies for Life Foundation can be considered a divine instrument of distribution. This highly unique foundation collects donations of this “diamond” mine of stem cell–rich umbilical cord blood, linking new mothers, researchers and patients in need.

For the past five years Dr. Gerry Sotomayor of BFL has collected umbilical cord blood from newborns, sending it to cord blood public registries to help patients worldwide with the 65 diseases now successfully treated with umbilical cord adult stem cells—not to mention the at least 97 diseases that can be treated or cured by the various types of adult stem cells found throughout the body.

Full story at The Georgia Bulletin

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